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3 Ways to Reduce Home Heating Bills

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services 3 Ways to Reduce Home Heating Bills 3 WAYS TO REDUCE HEATING BILLS

Temperatures in Seattle and the Northwest aren't high right now, but your heating bill might be! 

Here are 3 quick and easy ways to get your heating bills to drop with the temperature! 

  1. Smart Thermostat: Why not use the best of technology? Intelligent thermostats can provide significant savings in several different ways. Some even detect the outside temperature/humidity to help analyze and adjust the inside temperature to maximize efficiency and comfort. This is one of the most affordable ways to save money on heating bills! Some smart thermostats are available for under $30. Having a consistent and affordable indoor temp can help avoid costly damage, like frozen pipes. You can always count on SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest to help with water damage from frozen pipes, but let's try to avoid that!
  2. Insulate attic and attic doors: If it's a bit drafty in your house, you can bet you're losing money. Insulation is an absolute must to keep heating bills down. Neglecting attic areas is a common mistake that can be reducing the efficiency of your heating source. 
  3. Pay attention to Windows and Doors:  25% of the heat in your house (heat that you've paid for!) is lost through windows and uninsulated patio doors. If you convert that percentage to a dollar amount, we think you'd be surprised at the amount of money you're spending to throw your heat out the window! Check your windows and doors seasonally, to ensure there are no broken seals, or you'll be facing more than a heat efficiency issue. With the amount of rain we’re getting this time of year, a broken seal will cause an indoor flood. SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest specializes in water damage, and we are the best at restoring property catastrophes…but let's try to avoid that, shall we?

From smart thermostats to window seals, these little details all add up to higher cost and higher risk for potential home damage!

If you’re experiencing seasonal home damage, call SERVPRO of Seattle Northwest at (206) 789-2300

6 Rock- Solid Reasons to Pick Concrete Flooring

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

Bob Vila has some great home Advice, so we thought we'd take a cue from him on concrete flooring.

According to Bob, the list of reasons to have concrete is as follows:

  1. Strength and Durability
    • Factory and warehouse buildings around the world share at least one thing in common—concrete floors. There’s a simple reason why: The material stands up easily to hard use, whether under the wheels of a forklift or the soles of your shoes. Drop something on it, and concrete flooring doesn't crack or dent. Drag something across it, and it doesn't get scratched. Resistant to fire and moisture, stains and odors, concrete flooring can last at least a lifetime, requiring nothing in return except regular cleaning and occasional resealing and/or waxing. Plus, if patching ever becomes necessary, a rapid-setting formulation like Rapid Set Cement Allmakes repairs quick and easy.
  2. Lots of Looks
    • No one would blame you for thinking of concrete as coarse in texture, gray in color, and drab in overall appearance. But the fact is that with advanced manufacturing from the likes of CTS | Rapid Set, along with improved methods of installation, concrete can take on any number of compelling looks. For example, after it's been poured, concrete can be scored, stamped, or dyed. Later, once the concrete has cured, the finishing options broaden to include painting, staining, and etching. Whether you favor a glossy, one-color surface or an artful, one of a kind, multi-colored floor with a matte feel, you can achieve your vision with humble concrete. The aesthetic possibilities are virtually limitless.
  3. Low Cost
    • Given the structural modifications necessary to support its substantial weight, concrete flooring can be prohibitively expensive to install in certain locations—the upper level of a home, for example, or the ground floor of any house with a basement. Typically, budget-minded homeowners pursue concrete flooring not with a fresh pour, but by removing the floor that currently exists over the slab foundation. Once that's out of the way, the only costs are elective ones. If you desire, and if you balk at doing the job yourself, you can hire a pro to refinish the exposed concrete surface. Expect to pay anywhere between $4 per square foot for a straightforward job up to around $12 or $15 for highly decorative faux finishes. 
  4. Endless Versatility
    • In contrast to almost any other type of floor, long-lasting concrete rarely requires replacement. If, however, 5 or 10 years down the line you decide that you no longer like the look or performance of your concrete floor, you are by no means stuck with it. On the contrary, in those instances where concrete makes a practical flooring choice in the first place, it requires little commitment. When you tire of a concrete floor, you can always change its appearance by refinishing it—or finishing it for the first time—to achieve a different effect. Alternatively, you can return the floor to blank-slate condition, using a cutting-edge product like Rapid Set NewCretethat imparts a pristine, like-new appearance. From there, you can either leave the concrete as is or install another material over it.
  5. Pet Friendly
    • It’s true: Fluffy or Fido might prefer the cushiony comfort of carpeting or the warmth of hardwood. But if like many homeowners you are first and foremost concerned with protecting against pet damage—scratches and scuffs, odors and stains—then you couldn't hope for a flooring material more impervious to the wear and tear caused by cats and dogs. Unlike carpeting or wood—indeed, unlike many other types of flooring—properly sealed concrete simply can't be ruined by a pet. You'll need to clean up accidents, of course, but you can leave aside the special remedies. Doing a thorough cleaning job on concrete requires nothing more than a mop and a bucket of soapy water. 
  6. Healthy Home
    • It almost seems strange to discuss flooring in terms of its effect on home health. Then again, in a flooring market saturated with so many products that off-gas harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds), it’s well worth noting that properly sealed concrete does nothing to detract from indoor air quality. It's also crucially important to know that different manufacturers use different processes to produce slightly different concrete mixes. Nonmetallic, with no chlorides added, Rapid Set Concrete Mix stands out from the rest as one of the most ecologically sensitive concrete products out there. In fact, compared with regular Portland cement, Rapid Set boasts a 65 percent smaller carbon footprint!

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